A microlight pilot was lucky to walk away from a crash in Southland last night.
A Fire Service spokesman said the plane landed in a paddock in Ben Loch Lane, Te Anau. Fire crews from Te Anau were alerted to the crash about 8.30pm.
He said it was reported that the plane had "clipped trees and crashed nose first".
The impact saw the engine and fuel tank spilt from the body of the plane.
He understood the pilot, who was the sole occupant, walked to a nearby house and raised the alarm.
Acting Senior Sergeant Deon McNaught, of Invercargill, said it was believed the pilot escaped uninjured.
A police spokesman said the man was taken by ambulance to Invercargill Hospital for a check up.
The Civil Aviation Authority was advised.
It is believed the plane belonged to Te Anau chemist George Batchelor.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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